Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Juan de Dios Mora


"Montando a la Escoba Voladora

(Riding the flying broom)"

("This print visualizes the cultural appropriation of objects that enhance aesthetically and improve functionality. Latinos tend to compete about which ride is superior, and the winner gets bragging rights and admiration.

The cowboy represents the cultural hybridity between Texas and Mexico. He flies around town to show off his amazing craftiness for manufacturing a broom with knickknacks that supplied ultimate object performance.")

"Familia luchona (The Striving Family)"

("This family is a representation of the working class; those who have to endure hardships and adversities in life in order to succeed. As a unit, the family embraces their ethnicity and demonstrates their pride by wearing wrestler’s masks.

The emblem that is used to keep them optimistic towards the challenges that await in the future are the words inscribed on the hanging cards, which read "fuerza" (strength) and "amor" (love).")

Juan de Dios Mora was born in Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico. In 1998, his family immigrated to the United States. Mora acquired a M.F.A. specializing in Printmaking from the UTSA. To this day, he is working in the art department at UTSA as a Senior Lecturer. Mora has exhibited his art across United States, Mexico, and Japan.